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Culture after the HurricanesRhetoric and Reinvention on the Gulf Coast$
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M. B. Hackler

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734904

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734904.001.0001

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Civic Culture and the Politics of Planning for Neighborhoods and Housing in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Civic Culture and the Politics of Planning for Neighborhoods and Housing in Post-Katrina New Orleans

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(p.17) Chapter 1 Civic Culture and the Politics of Planning for Neighborhoods and Housing in Post-Katrina New Orleans
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Culture after the Hurricanes
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Adelaide H. Villmoare

Peter G. Stillman

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604734904.003.0002

This chapter talks about the politics involved in the planning for housing and neighborhoods after the events of Katrina. It talks about the United States’ culture of opportunity, wherein the aftermath of Katrina was seen as a chance for individuals to improve their economic lots in life. It was a chance to remake themselves as individuals, and as a city. In the case of New Orleans, so much of the city had been damaged or destroyed that it was practically a blank slate where much reimagining and redoing of the city’s infrastructure could take place. One plan mentioned in the chapter is the Bring New Orleans Back (BNOB) plan, drawn up by a group appointed by Mayor Ray Nagin in the weeks after Katrina. This plan advocated green spaces for the city, but was rejected by residents because those spaces eliminated their neighborhoods. This chapter talks about several other plans and options that have been proposed for post-Katrina New Orleans.

Keywords:   Katrina, opportunity, Katrina, New Orleans, Bring New Orleans Back, Ray Nagin, post-Katrina New Orleans

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